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Generating growth for African children and communities devastated by HIV-AIDS and poverty, through the goodwill of people in the UK and elsewhere

News Archive - December - 2012

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

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Hello, we will be closed for Christmas from the 21st December until the 2nd Janurary.

 Thank you for all your support in 2012 and see you next year.

Have a good one!

Until then you can read our latest e-Newsletter (December 2012)

St John's Priory, Banbury

St John's Priory, Banbury

As a continuation of their support of Ithembalihle the staff at St John's Priory decided to donate money instead of giving each other Christmas cards. 

As a result £58.30 was raised which will go towards the children at Ithembalihle having a better Christmas than they otherwise might have. 

Thanks to all the staff for their continued support.

World AIDS Day concert, huge success

World AIDS Day concert, huge success

Last Saturday evening, 1st December, GAGA, in association with Bidford Area Community Choir, held a concert of modern favourites at St Peter’s Church, Bengeworth, Evesham, in commemoration of World AIDS day. Despite the cold weather and icy conditions (and that was in the church), the 50 strong choir gave a rip-roaring performance to a delighted audience. What’s more we raised £300+ for our work. A special thank you must go to Ann, Denise, Michael, Alan, Amanda and the whole Bidford Area Community Choir.

Bishop Loveday Primary School, Bodicote, Banbury

Bishop Loveday Primary School, Bodicote, Banbury

For some time now a number of pupils at the school have been donating unwanted second hand uniform to a school in Freetown, Sierra Leone, an initiative run by one of our Trustees.

He was invited to talk to the children about the school in Freetown and the local living conditions and after giving a Powerpoint presentation about the project Bishop Loveday decided that they wanted to offer some support and as a result in November they organised “A leg up for Sierra Leone”!

These was a variation on a non-uniform day when all the children had to wear their normal school uniform “tops” but were allowed to go dressed in unusual trousers!!

On behalf of GAGA and everyone at Christian Hope School, Sierra Leone we would like to say a big THANK YOU to all the pupils, parents and staff for their donations which raised a total  of £308 and for their continued support in helping us to “make a real difference”.

World AIDS Day 2012

World AIDS Day 2012

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1st December 2012 marks nearly five decades since the HIV virus was first identified in humans. This day, celebrated globally as World AIDS Day, gives us the opportunity to join the international community in commemoration of those that have passed from HIV/AIDS, to raise awareness of the disease, and to celebrate the strides made over the years in treatment and prevention. From 2011 to 2015, the World AIDS Day theme focuses on “Getting to Zero: Zero new infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths” and calls for people around the world to unite against HIV/AIDS.

AIDS remains one of the leading causes of death in sub-Saharan Africa, however in the past decade we have seen a great amount of progress in South Africa. From 2008 to 2011 the number of new infections in children between the ages of 0 to 14 dropped from 430,000 to 63,600 children, due to successful prevention efforts. In addition, the number of people living with HIV in South Africa has dropped from 5.6 million in 2009 to 5.38 million in 2011. In our lifetime, we have seen an HIV/AIDS diagnosis go from being a prognosis of death to becoming a manageable disease due to increased accessibility of antiretroviral medication (ARVs) and increased understanding of their benefits.

Together we can reach Zero; together we can change the world. GAGA wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to all those whom have supported us, and all those who have dedicated themselves to the plight of HIV/AIDS here in the UK and in Africa. 

At GAGA we are commemorating World AIDS Day with a Concert, held by the local community choir to offices in Bidford. The concert is taking place in Evesham at St Peters Church, Bengeworth. For more information on the concert click here

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